WestJet buys first SAF from Shell in Canada


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WestJet announced that it will purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Shell Aviation becoming the first airline in Canada to purchase renewable jet fuel for its operations.

“WestJet is committed to enhancing our position as a first mover in sustainability technologies. Just as we pioneered advancements in Winglets and drag reduction, WestJet proudly stands as the first airline to acquire SAF by Shell in Canada,” said Angela Avery, group executive vice president and chief people, corporate and sustainability officer, WestJet.

“Thanks to Shell’s world-class fuel supply chain and WestJet’s proven track record in sustainability, this first step sets the stage for future collaboration and innovation to encourage investments in this important lever for decarbonisation.”

The SAF acquired by WestJet will be blended with conventional fuel to meet safety and certification standards eliminating the need for modifications to aircraft engines, fuelling infrastructure, or distribution processes.

WestJet’s decision to incorporate SAF in its flights is in line with the airline’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Shell utilises Avelia, revolutionary blockchain-based program, to track the environmental benefits of SAF supplied to WestJet. This ensures transparency and avoids double-counting of emission reductions. Businesses can leverage Avelia to verify the positive environmental impact of their SAF usage.

“We are delighted to supply WestJet with SAF, as we continue to support our customers on their decarbonisation journeys, while simultaneously building out the supply chain in Canada to enable more customers to access SAF,” said Christine Bassitt, general manager, Shell Aviation, Americas.